Mattoon’s Kylie Haacke and Quincy Collings broke away from Hamilton’s Maddie Karcher during the final half-mile Saturday to secure second and third, respectively, in the Olney Invitational held at Olney Central College.
With overall champion Tatum David more than two minutes ahead, the Mattoon runners battled Karcher at the two-mile mark. Haacke slowly moved ahead with 1,000 meters to go in the 2.96-mile race, finishing strong to clock in at 19 minutes, 18.5 seconds. Collings next passed Karcher with about 400 meters remaining to finish 9 seconds after her teammate for third place.
Richland County’s David finished well ahead of everybody in 17:06.3 to help the Tigers easily take first after recording nearly half as many points (54) as runner-up Newton (102).
Mattoon took fourth among 11 teams with 110 points, buoyed by Mickenze Schofield’s ninth-place finish in 20:50.2. Katelyn McElwee finished strong down the stretch to post a person-record time of 25:18.6.
Brock Davee took eighth in 16:34.7, followed by teammates Josh Rampage (16:53.3) in 13th and Sam Ferrar (16:58.1) two spots later, to help the Green Wave secure third place in the 15-team boys field.
“The boys continued to pass people throughout the race,” said MHS coach Troy Haacke. “Brock, Josh, and Sam all had fantastic finishes.”
The Green Wave next host an invitational race through the streets of Mattoon on Sept. 25.